Dear Kendal Callers,
Andy, Ben & the KC team x
Dear Kendal Callers,
Andy, Ben & the KC team x
We are thrilled to announce a multitude of amazing artists and comic geniuses to our ever-expanding line-up.
Joining us on the Main Stage are Cumbrian heroes and Kendal Calling mainstays British Sea Power (who played the first every Kendal Calling back in 2006!), Welsh rockers Feeder –be sure of a standout sing-along standout – and Aussie Britpop fantatics DMAs who will be bringing their 90s revivalism to the fields.
Forever championing upcoming talent, on our Calling Out stage we will be welcoming Redfaces, MarthaGunn, Catherine McGrath, The Rhythm Method, Outlya, Maruja, Colonel Mustard And The Dijon 5, Dead!, Off Bloom, Little Hours, Larkins, Moses, Billy Bibby & The Wry Smiles, Have You Ever Seen The Jane Fonda Aerobic VHS and The Snuts.
Wanting to explore outside of our vast musical lineup? Then why not check out our side-splitting Soapbox Comedy Stage, home to some of the best comedians to grace the planet, and who will have you belly laughing for days!
Featuring names like Canadian comics Tony Law and Tom Stade, familiar face of tv comedy James Acaster and acclaimed Scottish comedian Daniel Sloss alongside Rob Deering’s ‘Beat This’, John Kearns, Danny McLoughlin, Garrett Millerick, Katie Mulgrew, Chris Washington, Mark Olver, Jen Brister, Julian Deane, Last Man Standing, Adam Rowe, Gareth Waugh, Pete Otway, Tom Taylor, David Morgan, Paul McCaffrey, Dan Nightingale, Kiri Pritchard Mclean, Mark Nelson, Thom Foole’s House Party, Harriet Dyer, Allyson June Smith and Lou Conran, there are huge laughs to be had all weekend.
Check out our full line-up to date here.
We look forward to seeing you in the fields!x
Now that we’ve let the hat (and furry ears) out of the bag, it is time to begin plotting your Into the Wilds armour: will your costume take inspiration from the wild skies, the impenetrable forest, or the concrete jungle? Will your wild alter-ego come from the present, past or the future? We expect nothing less than the fanciest of footwork from all creatures great and small.
This area not only provides a home from home for any Lancastrian missing their home county but also a place for those to get more acquainted with one of the North’s most cherished land masses.
There will be a wealth of traditional Lancastrian activities daily including:
Shopmobility scooter racing (mud permitting).
Chippy ‘Tea off’ mini golf.
Sausage rolling (store-bought sausage rolls prohibited).
Fred Dibnah Chimney Jenga for the kiddies.
Relaxing lard messages to soothe away festival aches and pains.
As a show of good faith, those travelling from Yorkshire are invited to join in on activities on the condition they are vouched for by two Lancastrian’s of good standing.
See you in the fields!
HUGE congratulations to hip-hop bluesman Rag ‘n’ Bone man on winning not one, but TWO Brit Awards, scooping ‘Best Breakthrough Act’ and ‘The Brits Critics Choice winner for 2017’.
Having been a prolific underground name for a couple of years, honing a ferocious live reputation through guitar wielding solo performances, Rag ‘n’ Bone first performed in the fields in 2014 on our Chai Wallah stage, making a monumental return in 2016 on our Main Stage.
His hit soul ballad Human has been making huge waves in the UK Chart, with his success set to soar!
We look to seeing what 2017 has in store for Rag ‘n’ Bone man!
Andy, Ben & the KC team x
Calling all students bands!
We’ve joined forces with Manchester’s Arndale Centre to bring you yet another amazing opportunity to get yourselves involved in one of the biggest years of Kendal Calling yet. Submit a short video for the chance to secure a slot on the line-up this year, as well as an exclusive recording session at Manchester’s Blueprint Studios. Get your music heard by an industry panel of established music professionals, alongside a chance to perform in a battle of the bands style gig where the audience will give their verdict to decide if you’ll be joining us at Lowther Deer Park. If you’re an up and coming band we want you!
Apply HERE before 20th March.
Climate change is an issue that The KC Team take seriously when it comes to organising our event, which is why we are a founding member of Energy Revolution.
Last year we teamed up with Energy Revolution once again, in order to help keep our fields greener!
Our Lost Eden area is back for 2017 and we will be offering nine commissions.
Want to see your commission at Kendal 2017? Apply today here.
Application Deadline – 3rd April 2017.
Application guidelines can be found here: Lost Eden Call for Commissions 2017
More about Lost Eden….
Launched in 2015, Lost Eden is an immersive arena for arts and culture set within stunning woodland on the Kendal Calling site. Inspired by the folklore of the Eden Valley, Cumbria, the space features multiple stages, intriguing installations and walkabout performances. There is a focus on night-time sculpture and light art installations in the area, which comes alive after 8pm.
Kendal Calling is the first festival to go virtual in Google Maps! Tour.Media and Google Street View have captured the entire festival allowing anyone with an internet connection to take a simulated walk around the site.
If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to perform in front of thousands of people then just hop on the main stage with the Sugar Hill Gang or discover where the VIP’s hang out BY simply walking past security.
Anyone can navigate through the festival by going onto the Kendal Calling website and clicking the Google virtual tour tab then simply use the navigational arrows to move around the festival.
Take a look around and find the FIVE stag heads hidden around the festival! Head over to our Twitter page for clues and be the first to win a pair of tickets for KC17!
The team are truly humbled by the reaction to this year’s line up and we’d like to thank everyone who has bought tickets to make this our 12th successive sell out!
We’ll be keeping our heads down over the next 6 months working hard to make this the best festival possible. We have a lot more amazing artists and field based antics still to announce so keep your eyes peeled!
For those who missed out on tickets, subscribe below to the resale list and for our recommendations on alternative festivals and we look forward to partying with you in the future.
See you in the fields!
Andy, Ben & the KC team x
After a massive year in 2016, we’re super excited to get back in the fields for our 12th and biggest party yet in the Lake District with no less than 6 headliners!
Joining us at KC17….
We’re happy to reveal Stereophonics will be bringing their finest indie rock to Lowther Deer Park, alongside Welsh trio Manic Street Preachers who have spent the last 30 years(!) making some of the most vital and politically charged, yet no less anthem, music to ever come out of the uk! Brush up on those modern rock hits with Scottish legends Franz Ferdinand and get ready for what will sure to be a memorable sing-a-long with Tinie Tempah, Frank Turner and Editors. Jake Bugg will be gracing our Kendal Calling Main Stage armed with indie pop jams, whilst due to phenomenal public demand in the UK, Beach Boys co-founder Brian Wilson presents ‘Pet Sounds’ in its entirety plus his greatest hits with Special Guests Al Jardine and Blondie Chaplin.
Joining the headliners for 2017, we bring you indie rock sensation Circa Waves, London MC Lethal Bizzle and psych-rock band The Coral, with raucous duo Slaves, fresh from their debut Blaenavon, Loyle Carner, Kate Nash, and Kendal Calling favourites The Lancashire Hotpots. Bringing his soft, acoustic tones Seasick Steve, indie quartet Frightened Rabbit and Scottish dream team Honeyblood.
Kickstarting 2017 in Glow we have Example alongside both Jungle DJing and Faithless spinning some records too. House hero Tom Zanetti, will join My Nu Leng, The Streets frontman Mike Skinner and TDQ in the tent over the weekend, with many more still to be announced!
For those wanting something a bit different, we bring you Mexican musicians covering Morrissey hits ‘Mexrrissey’, London African Gospel Choir singing Paul Simon’s ‘Graceland’ and Beatlemania celebrating 50 years of SGT Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club.
No matter where you are in the fields, there’s bound to be something for you, and this is just the beginning! Keep your eyes pealed on our Facebook, Twitter and website where we’ll be announcing more acts in the coming weeks. The countdown begins to KC17!
Full lineup so far HERE
Tickets will be on sale TOMORROW at 10am via this link: http://po.st/KC17Tickets See you in the fields!
Andy, Ben & the KC Team x
With Kendal Calling fast approaching its twelfth event, we thought it would be nice to take a look back over our past lineups and see how some of the acts have fared since appearing on our stages.
In the first edition, we take a look back at those who first played between the years of our very first event in 2006 and 2010.
British Sea Power
Appearing with us in front of 900 people as they closed our first ever festival, British Sea Power are one of Kendal Calling’s more frequent guests. They have since been back in 2008, 2010, 2013 & 2015 and will no doubt visit Lowther Deer Park again in the future. In the time since that first appearance, the Kendal band have released 7 albums and release their crowd-funded 8th, ‘Let The Dancers Inherit The Party’, on March 31st.
Back in 2007 when the band was only two years old and didn’t even have an album to their name, they came to entertain at our second event. In the ten years that have followed, the Oxford five-piece have become one of the UK’s biggest bands – releasing four albums, being nominated twice for a Mercury Music prize, nominated for Best British Band at the Brits, winning a number of awards for their live show plus headlined the likes of Reading & Leeds, Bilbao BBK and Benicassim. Well done boys!
After their set at our second event, we invited this Kendal born band back to our fields in 2010. At the time, they were touring in support of their second album, the brilliant, Mercury Prize nominated, ‘Two Dancers’. Since then, the four-piece have gone on to release three more records, the brilliant ‘Boy King’ being their most recent.
Mystery Jets are one of those acts who, after you see them live, leave you baffled at how they aren’t bigger than they are! We invited the band back in 2013, by which time they had 5 records under their belts. In January of last year they went on to release their 6th, the very good ‘Curve of the Earth’. Give it a listen if you haven’t already!
2009 was the First time that Frank played for us before he returned once more in 2011 and then again in 2014 to headline our event. In that time Turner got to put out a few more records, increased his profile and performed in the opening ceremony of the London Olympics! Currently, after recently hitting the 2000th live show, Frank is, as expected, out on the road again. Here’s to 2000 more!
Kate Tempest is a great example of hard work paying off. Her 2014 Mercury Prize nomination for her debut record, ‘Everybody Down’, helped her to receive the attention that she had been deserving for so long. Kate would return to us in 2015 and the release of her second record has seen her popularity grow further, having recently sold out the likes of the O2 Ritz in Manchester.
Mumford & Sons
We got to welcome Mumford & Sons to our stage in the very early days of the band. At that time, they had only recently purchased instruments for themselves, having recorded their debut album ‘Sigh No More’ – which came out a couple of months after the Kendal appearance – using the equipment in the studio. The release of their second record ‘Babel’ helped propel the band to world fame, which was further established with the release of their third in 2015.
His performance at our 2010 event would be one of his last as the lead vocalist of a band. At the time, Calvin Harris was one of the UK’s biggest acts but now he is arguably the biggest EDM artist in the world. After becoming a DJ full time, Harris rose to prominence in 2011 following a European and Australian tour with Rihanna which led to the duo working on a couple of tracks together, most notably, ‘We Found Love’. His many collaborations and two records since the KC set has led to Harris currently being the highest paid EDM act around. Not too shabby!
4 years after ‘that’ Treadmill video for ‘Here It Goes Again’ (which had 52m views before the band removed it and won them a Grammy) the US act came to visit us. It was a memorable set that featured dancing Smurfs, Stormtroopers and mimes. As for now, they have only released one more album since their performance at Lowther Deer Park, but they are still making music videos that gets everybody talking.
We managed to snag Michael Kiwanuka at a very early stage in his career playing on, what was, our Kaylied Stage (now Calling Out) . He has since gone on to win the BBC Sound of award in 2012 and release two critically acclaimed records.
First Aid Kit
The Swedish sisters headlined our Kaylied Stage on the Friday night in 2010, a few months after the release of their debut record. From then, their stature has grown considerably and they now have three albums to their name. They also very recently teased the fact that they’ve gone into the studio to record album #4.
Keep your eyes peeled for our second edition and our 2017 lineup coming soon!
Ben, Andy & The KC Team x
A brand new year is upon us and with some very exciting #KC17 plans shaping up rather nicely we cannot wait to be back in the beautiful Deer Park in the Lake District once again.
With only 207 days (and counting!) to go, it can’t come soon enough! Tickets are currently on sale priced at £135 outright or just £25 per month on our payment plan.
Just think a Kendal Calling ticket is all you need to banish the January blues!
Tickets are selling extremely fast and we expect this tier of tickets to be sold out in the next couple of weeks, at which point ticket won’t be available until the line-up is revealed!
With the capacity of Kendal Calling not increasing this year, we can guarantee you’ll have lots of fun in the fields, while not spending hours queuing at a bar, which we might add stocks our very own Kendal Calling beer! With lots of activities and attractions for all the family, 12 performance stages, a wonderful Woodlands area plus fantastic artists performing, #KC17 should definitely be date you need to pop in your new 2017 diary (27th – 31st July).
Kendal Calling is all about great times, great entertainment and great friends. We look forward to seeing you in the fields!
Andy, Ben & The KC Team.
SET YOUR CLOCKS!
Christmas release tickets for #KC17 are now on-sale at just £21.43 per month or £135 outright. Kendal Calling is selling quicker than ever this year so don’t dilly dally!
These will come with a Kendal Calling Christmas card arriving just in time for Christmas so you can pop in a loved ones stocking!
Grab a ticket today, and we’ll #seeyouinthefields!
We wanted to say a huge THANK YOU to everyone that voted for Kendal Calling. It’s such an honour to once again be named as the ‘Best Medium’ Festival in the UK Festival Awards!
We can’t wait to be back in the fields in 2017 helping to create many more memories!
Stay in style at Kendal Calling 2017 in the Deer Lodge!
We have a range of accommodation structures allowing you to camp under the stars in style and comfort. Take your pick today!
Deer Lodge always sells out super quick, so we’d advise purchasing early to avoid any disappointment.
You will have access to the following, included with your boutique camping:
Free car parking, clean enviro loos, free hot showers, a dedicated concierge to look after you during your stay.
*Those with a Thursday ticket can stay for in their accommodation from 9am Thursday*
**Please note prices do not include your festival ticket**
We are thrilled to announce that we have been nominated for not one, not two, but THREE awards in the UK Festival Awards.
We need your help by voting for us in the below categories here. Let’s round off the best Kendal Calling yet, by helping us win an award.
Without your amazing support, Kendal Calling wouldn’t have become the festival it has become today, so we wanted to say a big THANK YOU!
Best Medium Festival,
Best Family Festival,
Ps. By voting you could be in with the chance of winning the ‘Dream Summer’ prize draw to win a pair of Isolate Ear Protectors + 2 VIP tickets to every festival that wins an award.
Tickets for Kendal Calling 2017 are on sale – grab one today and we’ll see you in the fields!
Andy, Ben & The KC Team x
Join us in the fields in 2017 as earlybird tickets go on-sale from just £11.82 pm or £115 outright, here!
Early-bird monthly payment plan tickets are £11.83 (£115 outright) and once sold out will go to release two £12.73 (£125 outright) then release three at £13.18 (£130 outright).
Emperors Fields, Live in vehicles, child tickets and more available now. Deer Lodge will be on-sale in the coming days.
See you in the fields in 2017, we can’t wait to do it all again!
Andy, Ben & The KC Team x
Missed out on the chance to take home Kendal Calling merchandise? From hoodies and t-shirts, to copies of our Kendal Calling magazine, take a look at our store today to grab a bargain before it’s too late.
We are still reminiscing over this years marvellous memories you’ve made yet we’re already looking forward to 2017. Only 51 weeks to go! Kendal Calling will take place 27-30th of July 2017 in Lowther Deer Park, the beautiful Lake District.
We will be keeping the prices the same as 2015/2016; Earlybird tickets will be on-sale from 9am Tuesday morning at Â£11.83 per month or Â£115 outright.
Tickets will be available here, via the ticket page.
See you in the fields next year,
Andy, Ben & The KC Team x
People often ask if we ever imagined that Kendal Calling would become the hive of music, arts, comedy and mayhem in the fields it is today.
Truth is when we started out back in 2006 as a gang of music loving festival goers we only hoped that there would be enough people out there just like us who wanted an annual shindig in the Lake District scenery.
It turned out there were more than a few people who were excited about the fields of Cumbria being bought to life with music and arts festival.
And it’s all those people we would like to thank from the very bottom of our hearts. We have the same small gang of us working to bring you Kendal Calling each year, but without the love care and attention brought by the now hundreds of additional crew, caterers, market stalls, volunteers, artists, technicians, stewards, gate staff, security, designers, promotions teams, bar staff, estate staff, local farmers, local residents, council representatives, police, St Johns, welfare, Samaritans, friends, family and so many more people involved there would be no Kendal Calling as we know it.
We salute everyone who is involved in putting together the event this year and who has played a part, however big or small over the last eleven years too.
But most importantly we say a massive thank you, to every one of the revellers helping to make Kendal Calling what it is!
Thanks, Andy, Ben & KC Team x
We wanted to say a BIG THANK YOU to all festival goers who have bought a #KC16 ticket!
We are extremely excited for this year’s festival, it’s 11th consecutive year sold out and can’t wait to be back in the fields.
With a Real Ale festival, our brand new The Emperor’s Gin Emporium, newly commissionedÂ sculptures, performance art, talks, pop up cinema, huge headliners and our magical Garden of Eden, we know this year is going to be just as fun as the past ten years!
3 days and counting till we are back in the fields!
#seeyouinthefields Andy, Ben & The KC Team.
These walkabout family shows are not to be missed!
Reynard the Fox – is a new piece of engaging outdoor theatre for family audiencesÂ of all ages, using The Fabulariumâ€™s unique aesthetic, strong imagery and allÂ performed upon their traditional wooden cart. It will feature storytelling,Â puppetry, original live music and The Fabulariumâ€™s bespoke animal headpieces.Â This production is supported by Arts Council England, Coventry UniversityÂ andÂ the Social Enterprise Hub, Wandsworth Fringe, Warwick District Council andÂ Just So Festival.
Raree Man’s Peepshow -Â The peepshowÂ was one of the most popular forms of street entertainment in theÂ 18th and 19th centuries â€“ not only depicting scenes forÂ amusement, but often as away to educate, showcase exotic scenarios and present moral tales. An outdoor, storytelling show presented byÂ The Raree Man (showman TonyÂ Lidington) to a surrounding crowd, with a select, smaller group, able to view theÂ animated scenes through the peepholes, just as they did in centuries gone by.
Le Cheval Solitaire – Join us to enjoy the nostalgia of the fairground in this interactive treat for under 5â€™s and their
The company, one of the main sponsors of this year’s festival at Lowther Deer Park,Â will be providing free drinking water for revellers, and giving away 10,000 free reusable water bottles.
John Hilton, United Utilitiesâ€™ Project Director for West Cumbria said: “We’re thrilled to beÂ a supporter of this year’s Kendal Calling, and are looking forward to keeping everyone well hydrated with our free water bar.
“It’s been a tough year for Cumbria so far, with the area still recovering from the devastating floods at the start of the year. The festival is a welcomeÂ opportunity forÂ people to let their hair down.Â We look forward to seeing everyone there!”
Getting ready for Kendal Calling?
We’ve popped together a very handy information pack so you have all the essential information you need!
Before you set off on your journey to the fields please check out the travel page here for the most up to date travel information.
Follow us on @intheFieldsLIVE for up to date information!
We’ll see you in the fields in 3 days!
Andy, Ben & the KC Team x
ImportantÂ welfare message
Youâ€™re our festival family and we have a very important message we want you to read.
â€œWeâ€™re looking forward to another amazing weekend in the fields at Kendal Calling.
â€œKendal Calling is a community and a family. Weâ€™re all in the fields together and we want everyone to stay safe and have the best possible time.
â€œMake sure you eat well, get some sleep and stay hydrated. Take care of yourself and your friends and think carefully about the decisions you make. The dangers of drugs and substance abuse are well documented and the results can be fatal.
â€œAll of our stewards, security and welfare staff are on hand any time of day and night to help you. Donâ€™t hesitate to come to us with any worries, concerns or issues you have while at the festival.
â€œWeâ€™ve worked all year to make something magical for you to enjoy, so stay safe look out for each other and have a great time.â€
You can visit the welfare team over at the welfare tent in the Village Green (open 24 hours) or located next to Calling Out open during opening arena hours. They can give you a well-earned break from festival life and treat any injuries both big and small all the way to any drugs or alcohol related issues. Please take care of one another to keep Kendal a safe and superb place.
Andy & Ben, Festival Directors.
Kendal Callingâ€™s priorities are to:
PreventÂ illegal drugs getting on site
PursueÂ anyone suspected of supplying drugs
ProtectÂ our festival goers Protection of festival goers is at the heart of Kendal Calling. Working closely with Cumbria Police, the festival will continue to maintain a robust approach to anyone attempting to bring drugs, including so-called â€˜legal highsâ€™, into the event. Measures on site will include:
Rigorous search-on-entry, including trained staff and detection dogs at all entrances.
Monitoring and analysisÂ of any drugs seized.
Proactive communicationÂ including use of social media to warn of any high-risk substances found.
Drugs and alcohol advice pointÂ within the welfare facility, with confidential advice for any festival-goers who have concerns.
The message is simple: There is no safe way to take drugs. Donâ€™t attempt to bring or take drugs at Kendal Calling.
Superintendent Justin Bibby of Cumbria Police said:
â€œEnjoy this event but please be aware of the potential dangers of taking either illegal drugs or new psychoactive substances â€“ you can never be sure of what they contain. I want everyone that visits the festival to return home to their loved ones; understand the risks â€“ a cheap high is not worth dying for.
â€œWe will be working closely with the event security teams to prevent illegal substances being supplied and used and we will be using all means at our disposal to achieve it.â€Â
Please stay safe in the fields folks!
The simple gin and tonic is one of Britainâ€™s favourite drinks. Add ice, lemon, quibble over lime versus cucumber or go one step further and even add in the very on-trend pink grapefruit. Whatever you prefer the timeless gin and tonic really does cure all ills – or at least make you forget about them! Head over to our very own gin bar, The Emperorâ€™s Gin Emporium (located next to theÂ Woodlands real ale bar), in which weâ€™ve carefully collated a handful of our favourite local gins infused with Fever Tree mixers. Itâ€™s a simple stunning drink you canâ€™t not try a tipple of!
Ginâ€™s available include:
The Lakes Gin
ChaiÂ WallahÂ returns to Kendal Calling 2016. This unique touring venue has played host to some of the best cutting edge music on the festival circuit over the last 12 years and this year will be no exception!
Expect an ecleptic journey through the very best in afrobeat, funk, hip hop, alternative, reggae, electronica, pyshchedlic, folk, brass, world music and everything in between.
Renowned for their incredible sound system and legendary party vibesÂ ChaiÂ Wallahs also provides an array of hotÂ boozeÂ brews, cocktails, smoothies & juices, pizzaâ€™s and pastaâ€™sÂ and theÂ traditional breakfast. Â It’s a great place to kick back, refill, refresh and kick off again.
Previous artists have included the likes of Rag N Boneman, Will & The People, Benjamin Francis Leftwich, Dreadzone, The Mouse Outfit, Reeps One, Hidden Orchestra, The John Langan Band, Craig Charles, Mr Scruff, Little Dragon, Zion Train, Ghostpoet,Prince Fatty, Broken Brass Ensemble, Wrongtom, The Apples, Jungle By Night, MX Xander, Kate Tempest & Jamie Woon This years line up has been programmed to offer non stop goodness and sooth you through the earlier part of the day with a selection of folk and alternative music and thenâ€¦.Â continually build your festivalÂ spirit throughout the day with different upbeat,Â feel goodÂ artyÂ vibes.
Thursday night we will be pushing the funky vibes,Â Friday the crazy carnival vibes,Â Saturday the bass heavy reggae and dance vibes, and Sunday the hip hop, beats,Â breaks and block party vibes.
Just pitch up onÂ Thursday night and stay for whole weekend! (but if you do have a busy festivalÂ schedule then be sure to make time for the following highlights from our program).